Management and Leadership (MA)


Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the Walker School of Business & Technology.

Program Description

This curriculum is designed for individuals who are seeking a graduate degree with a broad general management and leadership perspective.

This program is offered online, at the St. Louis home campus, and at select U.S and international campuses. Please see the Campus Locations section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered. (Note: This program is titled Management at our Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, campus.)

acbsp logoThe MA in management and leadership is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the important terminology, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in management and leadership.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply important terminology, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in management and leadership when analyzing situations.
  • Students will be able to effectively integrate important concepts, principles, and theories used management and leadership when developing solutions to multifaceted problems in complex situations.

Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) in management and leadership or the 48 credit hours required for the master of business administration (MBA) with an emphasis in management and leadership must include the following courses:

  • MNGT 5000 Management (Requisite Course) (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5650 Management and Strategy (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5670 Managerial Leadership (3 hours)
  • HRDV 5630 Organization Development and Change (3 hours)
  • MNGT 6000 Integrated Studies in Management (3 hours)

In addition, the student chooses elective courses offered in this major and/or from the program curricula of other George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology majors.

If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major or from the program curriculum of another George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology major. Students pursuing dual majors who have the requisite course(s) waived will complete only the remaining required courses for the dual majors.

Emphasis Options

Management and leadership has 12 hours of elective credit. Students can customize this generalist degree by using these hours to capture an emphasis. Four emphases are show below, with their parent departments.

Cybersecurity* (Math & Computer Science)

  • CSSS 5000 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5120 Cybersecurity Infrastructures (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5210 Cybersecurity Law and Policy (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5220 Cybersecurity Threat Detection (3 hours)

Health Administration (Business)

  • HLTH 5000 Organization and Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5050 Financial Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5140 Health Administration Law (3 hours)

Organizational Development (Management)

  • CHNG 5000 Practicing Organizational Development (3 hours)
  • CHNG 5100 Change Leader Self-Mastery (3 hours)
  • CHNG 5200 Organizational Development Consulting Practices (3 hours)
  • CHNG 5300 Data-Driven Approaches to Organizational Development (3 hours)

Project Management* (Business)

  • BUSN 5100 Introduction to Project Management (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5300 Project Procurement Management (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5700 Advances in Project Management (3 hours)

*Completion of a cybersecurity or project management emphasis also qualifies a student for a certificate in the area. To gain the certificate, students must pay a second graduation fee.


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B– or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement. A student who receives one F or two C's before advancement is dismissed. Students admitted on a conditional basis into the School of Business and Technology, the College of Arts & Sciences, or the School of Communications are limited to taking one course per term. Such students who earn one grade of C or below before they are advanced to candidacy will be dismissed without further right to appeal for reinstatement but may apply for readmission after one calendar year from the date of dismissal. Exceptions for international students may apply.